Game Preview #52: San Antonio Spurs @ Indiana Pacers


Bare bones preview tonight after the jump.

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San Antonio Spurs @ Indiana Pacers
Where: Conseco Fieldhouse - Indianopolis, IN
When: February 17, 2010; 6:00 PM Spurs time
Watch: FSNSW (SA), FSI (Indy)


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How They Stack Up
19-10 Home 12-14
11-11 Road 6-20
100.9
Offense 99.1
96.2 Defense 104.1
47.4 FG% 43.7
37.1
3-pt% 33.1
73.8
FT% 77.6
42.3
Rebounds 42.2
13.2
TOs 14.9
5-5 Last 10 4-6
Won 1
Streak Lost 2
2nd, Southwest Position 5th,Central

Country/Time Zone Game Time
Argentina 9:00 PM
West Coast
4:00 PM
Philippines 8:00 AM
Central Europe 1:00 AM
Palestine/Egypt 2:00 AM
East Coast 7:00 PM
Snow Zone
5:00 PM
Perth, AUS 8:00 AM
Tokyo, JP 10:00 AM
Sydney, AUS 10:00 AM

Spurs
(30-21)
Matchups

Pacers
(18-34)

Tony Parker
Frenchy

Point Guard

Watson and T.J. Ford have been splitting time at the PG position, with Watson getting more minutes. I think we can all agree that Tony hasn't been totally healthy - hopefully, the week long break has helped the Wee Frenchman heal a little. Parker is still better than Watson and Ford combined.

Also, Tony needs to dominate Fisher.

Advantage: Spurs


Earl Watson
PG

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George Hill
Ninja Bot

Shooting Guard

Both of these guys were selected in the first round of the 2008 Draft - Rush 13th, George 26th. These two guys play similar minutes with some similar stats, but George has been pouring it on lately since being inserted into the starting lineup. Also, Hill is a better defender (but I'm basing that on what I remember of Rush at Kansas). The lean goes to Cubits.

Advantage: Spurs




Brandon Rush
SG

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Richard Jefferson
RJ

Small Forward

Maybe the Nuggets game will be a turning point in the season for Jefferson. I'm not quite ready to totally give up on him. I'm not sure if Granger is a true franchise player or if he's the classic good stats player on a bad team, but at this point, he's still better than RJ.

Advantage: Pacers


Danny Granger
SF

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Tim Duncan
GOAT PUFF

Power Forward

This isn't even close. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Filler. Pithy random insight and cute little nickname. IBID. Id est. Etc., etc., etc.

Advantage: Spurs


Troy Murphy
PF

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Antonio McDyess
SAM

Center

Hibbert is a solid young center, with the massive size that used to go along with the "center" designation. He could rebound better though. Dice is coming along and seems to rounding into 2nd half of the season shape. Hibbert gets the lean.

Advantage: Pacers


Roy Hibbert
C

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Manu Ginobili
Bella's Great Love

Bench & Role Players

When the player getting the most minutes off of your bench is Jones, I really don't need to explain why BAM gets the white box.

Advantage: Spurs


Dahntay Jones
Bench

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Gregg Popovich
Pop

Coach

See the power forward position. Transfer words here.

Advantage: Spurs


Jim O'Brien
Coach
images via yahoo.com

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Other Factors

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Intangibles

They are worse at home than the Spurs are on the road.

Advantage: Spurs

Mojo

The Spurs should be riding high on the Thabeetdown of the Sophomores by Blair. Plus, the "old team" has had plenty of rest.

Advantage: Spurs

Winner:

Let's continue the momentum from the Denver game.

Keys To The Game

  • Contest Shots - The Pacers don't shoot particularly well. The Spurs need to have sharp defensive rotations and make the Indiana shooters work hard for their shots.
  • Make Shots - The Spurs finally broke out of their 3-point slump. They need to continue the good ball movement and spacing on the offensive end and make the resultant open shots.

Strength of Schedule

Both teams have had a week of rest, due to the All-Star Game. The Spurs are coming off that amazine win against Denver, and play at Philly on Friday. The Pacers are coming off of a loss to the Bulls and head to New Orleans on Friday.

Last Time They Met

The last game between these two teams resulted in a nail-biting 100-99 win for the Spurs on December 19th in San Antonio. We had six players in double figures and had a 30-16 4th quarter to come from behind and pull out the victory.

Some Other Reading

Pacers

Indy Cornrows - The SBNation blog for Indiana.
Eight Points, Nine Seconds - The True Hoop blog for the Pacers.

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell: The best TrueHoop team blog is now even better. A must read.
Project Spurs: Check out their regular podcasts. I think they love Manu as much as we do, if that's possible.

Where to Tune In

TV

This game will be aired on Fox Sports Net SW in San Antonio and on FSI in Indianapolis. If you have cable or satellite, you'll have to look up your individual channel. And of course, there's always League Pass for the haves. For the have nots, read on.

Online

As always, NBA League Pass is recommended for those who are willing to pony up the cash. Most Spurs games will be broadcast there, which is especially helpful for those of us who aren't in the San Antonio area.

Please don't post links to illegal game feeds in the game thread. Links to illegal feeds are not permitted on SBNation, but you can probably find them out there on the internets if you're resourceful and desperate. In fact, nobody can stop you from googling "atdhe". You can also shoot an email to poundingtherock@yahoo.com for more assistance.

NBA League Pass audio is still free this year, so check it out.

Radio

If you're in the San Antonio area and aren't near a TV, tune in to WOAI (1200 AM).

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